Shahnameh: The Persian Libro of Kings (Penguin Classics) [Pdf Kindle]
Roes most notably Rostam and the later modern and morally ambiguous historical tales of the Sasanid ingsAll these tales are however told with relish for the drama inherent in themThe Persian style appears to be one of delight in this world the women the wine the countless jewels and wealth but at the same time religious devotion and brief but profound meditations on morality descend on us typically at the end of every adventureThis book is a great delight and anyone who likes a good tale and has an interest in Persian history is in for a treat I expected a cleaner copy The book is fairly used and old this is an expanded edition of Davis is fairly used and old this is an expanded edition of Davis earlier excellent translation of uite a very good thing it is a delight to read and invites total immersion in this historical and literary world as a general reader i was entranced by Ferdowsi s universe and Davis s language this work elucidates the history of the entire vast region and period in a way which provides great pleasure in the work itself admiration for its ethical and aesthetic universe and better understanding of today s shifting alliances and dreadful conflicts as well as circumstances in our own parlous times and characters in our own deplorable politics Davis s fine introduction mentions that it was impossible to include the entire work in this edition and pressed by this stricture the decision to leave out some of the moral minutiae as being of less interest to contemporary readers certainly we could all benefit today from contemplation of moral teachings and from access to of Ferdowsi s compelling work in Davis s felicitous
AND SEEMINGLY TRANSPARENT TRANSLATION THIS MAYseemingly transparent translation This may be the great Persian epic but in that case Heaven help Iran There are occasional moments of relief like Kay Khusrow s self analysis or Ardeshir s just administration but these are only oases in a desert of vaunting vainglory sprinkled with base treachery I ve long felt I ought to read it and now it s done and I m sorry to have so bestowed my time I love the way the translator was able to maintain a poetic feeling and an epic scale throughout a long and complex set of stories and characters Mythic in a wonderful way I got this book just todaySome pages are missing in the introduction and there is no forward by Azar Nafisi I will return it tomorrow The content itself is obviously great 55 stars for that It has been rewritten in English very well and reads fluidly The only disappointment I have with this purchase that lead to this one star review is the condition the book is in when it arrives This is my second time buying this book and BOTH times the book arrived beat up especially around the edges This is not how books should arrive especially if bought brand new has than enough boxes to address this problem yet they insist on shipping books in bags. 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Heard so much about this on Art of Persia curios to learn The translation has such a good flow a pleasure to read Having watched a documentary on Persia I decided I had to read this Iranian national epic and this abridged translation seemed to be the best one available At over 900 pages it is a very long saga of uarreling Singing the Law kings and heroes filled with moral messages about the fitness ofings to rule and a timely warning that life is fleeting Here the supernatural elements include giant birds magic leaves angels and demons and the hero Rostam s ferocious strength and Alchemic kings crossing rivers without drowning I really enjoyed the exotic Eastern aspects with rich cities and sands of the desert andings hunting wild asses rather than stags or boars with falcons and cheetahs rather than hounds and warriors using lariats and maces as well as swords and lances and riding elephants as well as horses I enjoyed the dynamic between the empires of Iran and China and India and the West and finally the Arabs who scorned the riches of the Persian ings An introduction gives the historical context of the saga which perhaps wasn t as detailed as I would have liked since it is pseudo history rather than the ancient history of Darius and Xerxes and I wondered if any of the characters ancient history of Darius and Xerxes and I wondered if any of the characters based on real historical characters or borrowed from folklore Alexander the Great is referred to as a Christian perhaps reflecting the religion of the neighbouring Greek speaking Byzantines when the epic was written The stock phrases used throughout these ind of ancient sagas which is one of the complaints by the reviewers are by their nature repetitive Warriors have the hearts of lions strength of dragons or sea monsters and are as tall as cypress trees and women have faces shining like moon with musky hair and there are so many troops on the battlefield that insects cannot pass between them A bizarre image was warriors having jewels and gold coins poured over their heads like confetti as well as processions of elephants and women carrying treasure reminding me of the Arabian Nights And yet I uite "enjoyed the variations on the sun appearing as a bright lamp in the sky a gold coin and a black cloak " the variations on the sun appearing as a bright lamp in the sky a gold coin and a black cloak night being pulled back Although there is a list of names at the end of the book I feel a family tree of the main characters would have helped since most of the conflict is between rival Problem Solving in Data Structures Algorithms Using C++ kings of Iran and Turan descended from a common grandfather whose fortunes ebb and flow throughout the saga and it can be hard toeep track of who is the son of who Some of the verses do seemed forced but overall I enjoyed what it was a pseudo history of Persian history told in an abridged form through prose and verse Ferdowsi says it took him Thirty years to write Shahnameh Davis does a great job in translation of this massive boo. The definitive translation by Dick Davis of the great national epic of Irannow newly revised and expanded to be the most complete English language editionA Penguin Classic Dick Davisour pre eminent translator from the Persian The Washington Posthas revised and expanded his acclaimed translation of Ferdowsis masterpiece adding than 100 pages of newly translated text Daviss elegant combination of prose and verse allows the poetry of the Shahnameh to sing its own tales directly interspersed sparingly with K of ancient Persian history I stro The first page in the copy that was sent me is page xxxiii of the Introduction the Forward is entirely missing in the copy that was sent me is page xxxiii of the Introduction the Forward is entirely missing should have been in an irregulars bin The Shahnameh is an amazingly text of massive scope It begins in legendary prehistory and continues to the Arab Conuest of Iran Along the way you will meet complex compelling characters who are often locked against each other in a tragic trajectory Despite its didactic elements the Shahmaneh offers plenty of "moral ambiguity and elicits sympathy for both rising heroes and those " ambiguity and elicits sympathy for both rising heroes and those stars have started to wane The text is primarily concerned with masculine spheres but it still features powerful and complex women from ueens to advisors to assertive lovers to warriors on the battlefield The Shahmaneh also highlights the vast cultural diversity of Greater IranWhile I do not read Farsi myself all my friends who do assure me that Davis is the English translation to go with and I can vouch that it is a joy to read Whether you are interested in pre modern literature the cultural heritage of Greater Iran or just enjoy a good read I can not recommend this highly enough The book is large but the writing has the easy movement of a folk story A great insight into Iranian myth and history Davis says in his excellent introduction but don t try to read it before reading the text unless you are already an aficionado of Persian history and literature that he is writing for the general readerWell that s me and he has done a cracking job At first his gentle rhythmical apparently simplistic style can seem na ve until as the centuries of years and pages pass you start to get the wisdom of the philosophy of the text which somehow goes with the beguiling rhythms of the speech somewhat like a long fairy tale spoken out loud from a rocking chairI felt I had learned a huge amount of the spirit the culture and the wisdom of ancient PersiaThis ancient poem mostly translated into poetical prose tells the story of Persia from than a thousand years BC up until the triumph of Islam and indeed commences with a creation myth It was written perhaps based on written and oral records about 1000 years ago at a time when there was a particular interest in pre Islamic culture The author Ferdowsi speaks with a voice representing the religion of the time pre Zoroastrian or Zoroastrian For reasons that Davis is unable to entirely explain it misses out the great Persian Emperors any student of ancient history is familiar with like Cyrus Xerxes etc Davis thinks the author Ferdowsi was spellbound by the history of Eastern PersiaWestern Afghanistan which especially the earlier part actually coversIt does include a fascinating account of Alexander called Sekander which account as Davis mentions divides the earlier accounts of fantastic he. Learly marked explanations to ease along modern readers Originally composed for the Samanid princes of Khorasan in the tenth century the Shahnameh is among the greatest works of world literature This prodigious narrative tells the story of pre Islamic Persia from the mythical creation of the world and the dawn of Persian civilization through the seventh century Arab conuest The stories of the Shahnameh are deeply embedded in Persian culture and beyond as attested by their appearance in such works as The.